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Brauer, an established A-list mixing engineer known for his eclectic, highly acclaimed discography, has worked with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Ben Folds and John Mayer to name an incredibly select few. Currently, Brauer is back in the studio mixing a batch of songs from John Mayer, using the Barefoot MM27's on the session.

Unlike many other pieces of gear, monitors are a very personal choice. I've been mixing on one set of midfields for the past 20 years. During that time I've A/B'd them against most of the popular contenders, but none showed the potential to improve my mixes until Mike Nehra at Vintage King asked me to try a set of Barefoot MM27's. As a large midfield monitor they offered me an accurate response from a big bottom, warm, punchy midrange to a wide clear top end, at both low and high playback levels, something that my present midfields didn't do well.

"Over a period of a few months, I slowly weaned myself from my old midfields to the Barefoots. I've really fallen love with the bottom end they pump out and my mixes are coming out great. For the benefit of clients that want to playback a mix at body altering levels, unlike many other self-powered monitors, these can be driven really loud without the amp folding or going into an auto-limiting mode. Artists are specifically requesting the MM27's during sessions. "The most obvious response has been coming from my clients who prefer I playback on the Barefoots when making comments.

This latest batch of John Mayer songs, the first record that I mixed on the MM27's, got excellent reviews from my mastering engineer, meaning he didn't have to mess with [the mixes] and the bottom end was just right.

Barefoots DON'T LIE!

Michael H. Brauer

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Brauer, an established A-list mixing engineer known for his eclectic, highly acclaimed discography, has worked with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Ben Folds and John Mayer to name an incredibly select few. Currently, Brauer is back in the studio mixing a batch of songs from John Mayer, using the Barefoot MM27's on the session.

"The MicroMain 27's sound amazing! I feel like I'm listening to the music, not the speakers, and I can hear everything from top to bottom with incredible detail. There are no surprises when the mixes leave my studio, and they translate extremely well to the real world."

Butch Vig

Producer/Engineer/Musician Butch Vig's discography includes albums for Nirvana, U2, Smashing Pumpkins, Urge Overkill, Jimmy Eat World, AFI and Soul Asylum, as well as many others. He is also the drummer for Garbage. But you already knew that, didn't you?

"They have very impressive bottom end, soundstaging, and imaging, and can be brutally honest. I had a very short adjustment period with them, and was pleasantly surprised to find that mixing actually went faster and translated excellently."

Rich Costey

Rich Costey is a record producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with many bands including Muse, Cave In, Thursday, Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas, The Mars Volta, Doves, Bloc Party, Jimmy Eat World, My Chemical Romance, Supergrass, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer, Philip Glass, Mew, Dave Navarro, Fiona Apple, Mastodon, Apocalyptica and Interpol.

"I'd been using the same monitors for over 10 years when Ted convinced me to try the Barefoot MM27s. The test mixes I did were so good that I ordered a pair, and the three weeks that I had to go back to using my old monitors while waiting for my MM27s to be delivered was torture."

Mark Linett

Engineer/Mixer/Producer Mark Linett has worked closely with such seminal artists as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Randy Newman, Love, and, most recently, the New Cars.

Playing the drums has always been my 'thing', but I love engineering as well. The problem is I was wasting valuable time having to reference my mixes in many different places to finally 'get' the mix. I thought I loved my current speakers, until I kept running into the same problem of non-translating mixes. After hearing the word on the Barefoots, I had to try them. I remixed a tune for a current project, and for the first time EVER, I took it to different listening environments, and it was exactly what it was in my studio. For once, the total sonic spectrum was the same, no surprises, no going back to 'correct' something I just wasn't hearing in my room. Not only do the mm 27's allow mixes to translate beautifully everywhere, they just SOUND fantastic. I never knew 'flat' sounded SO good! And, they are the first speaker I've had that correlate well with the NS 10's, although I don't really need them now with the BFt's! And no more Sub! I was really sold after trying another brand popular in the forums for comparing to the Barefoots, and took them down within an hour! Needless to say, I'm SOLD! Just don't know what I'll do now that I have to wait for mine!

Dave Weckl

For more than 20 years, Dave Weckl has developed and maintained a reputation among fans, peers, and the international music community as one of the great living drummers. For this, he has received numerous accolades and honors; Modern Drummer inducted Dave into their Hall of Fame and named him "one of the 25 best drummers of all time."

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"Finally I had the chance to compare the barefoot MM 27s to KH 410 at my place. First of all a big thank you to cml studio for letting me have both at the same time! Both monitors play on a very high level and like two excellent red wines offer a different interpretation of the same theme.

KH 410s have a very nice 3D image with full bodied low mids and very deep low end which you would expect from the size of this monitor. The lower mids are stronger than on the barefoots and the high end is a bit softer. Orchestral music and jazz sounded spectacular on the K & H.

MM27s have equally strong low end which is quite something if you look at the different size. They seem to focus more on the upper mids. They reminded me somehow to NS 10s in this area and yes the commercial is right - it´s a nearfield with extended lows. The transient response is fantastic and much better than the K & H which all in all sounded softer. The bass response is one of the nicest which I heard until now including much bigger pmcs - dry and controlled - nice !

All in all I would say the K&H was more pleasing to listen to but the barefoots to me seem to be the better mixing tool with more "analytical" mids, fantastic transient response and huge, controlled low end.

BTW most of the other gs present agreed with me."


"I was originally looking for a speaker with enough low end that they wouldn't need an additional sub woofer. The Barefoot's gave me exactly that. I can now tell how much low end there is, what kind, and how it will react to other systems. They are loud enough to track a rock band, detailed and accurate enough to master on, and also work great at low volumes when mixing. They have eliminated the need for multiple listening devices, and have cut out the trips to the car! They are a great time saver and are also a blast to just enjoy listening to music with!!"

Jason Livermore

Jason Livermore produces, engineers, mixes and masters at Blasting Room Studios, Fort Collins, Colorado. His credits include: Rise Against, NOFX, The Lemonheads, Descendents and Puddle of Mudd.

"I did an extensive shootout with all the top nearfields. What ultimately sold me on the Barefoots was hearing pop singer Vanessa Carlton just like she sounds in person. With every other monitor I could always hear some of the 'box'. With the MM27s there was just her voice. As far as I'm concerned the Barefoots are the most accurate speakers in the world."

Stephan Jenkins

Stephan Jenkins is a singer, songwriter, musician, actor and the driving force behind Third Eye Blind. He produces major rock and pop artists such as Vanessa Carlton and is putting the final touches on his Victorian mansion/studio in San Francisco.

"The MM27 is such a major step forward that it could easily become the must-have speaker in every studio. It's the NS10 of our generation."

Kevin Augunas

Kevin Augunas has been producing/engineering for more than ten years. His eclectic list of work includes Jon Brion, Sinead O'Connor, Smashmouth, Lost Prophets, Melissa Auf der Maur, Andy Dick, Persephone's Bees, Mandy Moore, The Vandals and most recently, Cold War Kids. His credits also include soundtrack work on "Serendipity," "Spy Kids," and "Spider-Man 2."

"These things are almost too good...you really hear what you got, like it or not. I love the built in sub action! I'm somewhat of a "bass-aholic" and these really keep me in check. Also, I don't need to deal with bass management & crossovers."

Dave Trumfio

Dave Trumfio currently runs his long time project studio Kingsize Soundlabs in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles where in conjunction with his newly acquired mix room Chateau Trumfio, he engineers and mixes most of the projects he works on. Dave has worked with Wilco, Billy Bragg, My Morning Jacket and many others.

"I installed the MM27s, and the first thing I noticed was their weight, oh my god they weigh a lot!! Also, their construction is amazing, built like a tank but at the same time the design is so beautiful.... So I finished my mix and after some listening in my car and my boombox I send it to the label without surprises, the mix was exactly as I mixed it at my place. C'mon! this was my first time with those speakers and I was able to deliver a mix that translate really well to other systems!!!

Armando Avila

Latin Grammy Award Winning producer Armando Avila has worked with RBD, Aleks Syntek, La 5a. Estacion, Belinda, Allison, Moderatto, Gloria Trevi, Natalia Lafourcade, Alejandra Guzman, OV7 and many others.

"In my world, I travel between rock, classical and jazz. No speaker I have ever used has sounded so true for every style. Simply amazing!"

Kent Heckman

Engineer and Red Rock Recording owner Kent Heckman has worked with Phil Woods, Nellie McKay, Dave Liebman, Galactic to name a few.

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"Didn't want to spend the money on the Barefoots. Spoke directly to Thomas at Barefoot, he spoke to Vintage King, and 2 days later I had Barefoots to try. They absolutely blew my mind. I already had a very stable client base in Nashville, and had reservations about a monitor switch to begin with. These monitors allowed my mixes to sound better than ever, and the response from clients and musicians is overwhelming!" -

Matt McClure, The Roost, Nashville

"Its all true.... they are fantastic and probably the best investment I made in recent times... Hats off to your great work and I sincerely thank you for giving me such a valuable tool. I'm now an official supporter of the Barefoot mission to bring great sound back into the control rooms of the world."

Peter Kruder

Peter Kruder is half of the acclaimed Austrian über-producer duo Kruder & Dorfmeister. Besides partnering with Richard Dorfmeister to run his own label and recording studio, G-Stone Records in Vienna, Peter is involved in solo and collaborative projects such as Peace Orchestra and Voom:Voom.

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"The Barefoots are amazing in every way. These things are built like a TANK... The MM27s being a sealed enclosure with dual 10" drivers delivers EVERYTHING in a very smooth way. At first I held this against the 27s, thinking they sounded "too good." But after working with them for several days, I realized that they translate perfectly."

Drew Mazurek, Mixer/Engineer, Baltimore, MD (Nothingface/Linkin Park/H.I.M./Byzantine/Hellyeah/Jack's Mannequin)

"The MM27's provide more "information" than any speaker I've ever heard. They are brutally honest and once you get things sounding good on these, they'll translate extremely well. Also, I've become a big fan of mixing w/o the need for a separate subwoofer."

Doug McBride

Doug McBride is a Chicago based Producer/Engineer whose credits include Rachael Yamagata, Silversun Pickups, Fall Out Boy, The Walkmen and Veruca Salt. His studio, Gravity, has hosted sessions for artists ranging from Rod Stewart and Mavis Staples to Story of the Year and Rise Against.


"The MM27's just simply blew everything out of the water, period... I was mixing better in less than 1/2 the time... = more time for other things like family and friends."

Chris Karn - Artist - Deccatree (Atlantic), Sonichrome (Capitol/EMI)

Private studio - RedRoom Orange County California Producer/Engineer/Mixer

"They are the first monitors I have ever heard that when I get up from the drum set and stand or sit in front of the Barefoots (their sweet spot is huge)..., that is my drumset! It sounds like someone just moved the drum kit and put it on top of the console! I am not kidding."

Bobby Lurie

Bobby Lurie owns Mavericks Studio in New York City, engineers, scores films, and is the drummer for cult band Billy Nayer Show.

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"I heard the Barefoot MM27 for the first time last night at a friends studio and they were not what I had expected. They were so much better than I'd thought they could be. I am an ns-10 user and was amazed at how these were like an extended version with the boxiness removed - the detail and separation was beyond anything I've heard on top of a console."

Phil English Freelance engineer/mixer/producer, UK

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